Section 409A Deferred Compensation

Section 409A is a section of the United States Internal Revenue Code enacted in 2004 as part of the American Jobs Creation Act and applies to compensation that a worker earns in one year, but that is paid in a... more +
Section 409A is a section of the United States Internal Revenue Code enacted in 2004 as part of the American Jobs Creation Act and applies to compensation that a worker earns in one year, but that is paid in a future year. If deferred compensation meets the requirements of Section 409A, then the earner's tax liability is the same as it would be for other types of compensation. If deferred compensation does not meet the requirements of Section 409A, then the earner is subject to certain additional taxes.  less -
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IRS Pursues 409A Audits, Issues Ruling on Certain Options/SARs under 457A

IRS audits signal focus on Section 409A compliance; Revenue Ruling makes certain nonqualified options and stock appreciation rights more attractive for offshore entities. The IRS has begun its limited audit initiative...more

IRS Begins Section 409A Compliance Initiative

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is getting ready to ramp up enforcement of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. The federal agency recently announced the launch of a new project to assess the level of taxpayer...more

IRS Issues Revenue Ruling on Applicability of Section 457A to Options and Stock Appreciation Rights

On June 10, 2014, the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2014-18, which holds that nonqualified stock options, as well as stock-settled stock appreciation rights (SARs), do not constitute nonqualified deferred compensation subject to...more

IRS Announces New Program to Audit Section 409A Compliance

Internal Revenue Code Section 409A (Section 409A) governs the federal income tax treatment of non-qualified deferred compensation and retirement plans and arrangements. Employer noncompliance in both documentation and...more

IRS Begins Audit of Deferred Compensation Plans Subject to Section 409A

The IRS announced at recent bar association meeting that it is commencing a formal compliance initiative program (CIP) of selected employers and their deferred compensation arrangements that are subject to Section 409A of the...more

IRS Launches Targeted Section 409A Audits

The IRS has announced a new targeted audit program to confirm that deferred compensation plans are in compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”). Previously, the IRS has only examined Section...more

IRS Begins 409A Audit Initiative

IRS representatives have recently announced that the IRS has begun a compliance initiative project to check compliance with section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“409A”). ...more

Escaping the Clutches of 409A

Employers often use non-qualified deferred compensation (“NQDC”) arrangements to motivate or reward executive and management employees. These NQDC arrangements, if properly structured, enable key employees to defer income...more

California Reduces Section 409A Tax Penalty from 20% to 5%

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Federal Section 409A”), imposes strict administrative and operational requirements on non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, such as supplemental...more

Sutardja v. The United States: The Federal Claims Court Applies Code Section 409A to Discontinued Stock Options

Earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims addressed the application of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code ("409A") to discounted stock options in Sutardja v. The United States. As expected, the court...more

California Reduces Additional Tax on Section 409A Noncompliance

On October 4, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1173, which reduces from 20 percent to 5 percent the additional California tax on nonqualified deferred compensation that fails to comply with...more

Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: Update on California's Additional Tax Relating to Noncompliant Deferred...

On October 4, 2013, California reduced the additional California state income taxes levied on deferred arrangements that violate Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. For taxable years beginning on January 1, 2013,...more

Continued Vigilance Required for Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements

The newness of the IRC Section 409A regulations governing deferred compensation is long-gone, but the complexities of this regulatory scheme remain burdensome and all should be vigilant to ensure compliance as penalties can...more

Court Of Federal Claims Upholds 409A "Gotcha"

If your company has been cavalier about Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, you should reconsider. In a recent opinion by the United States Court of Federal Claims, the IRS scored the first points – more than $5 million of...more

Court Affirms Discounted Stock Options Are Deferred Compensation Subject to Section 409A

Court of Federal Claims agrees with the IRS position that section 409A applies to discounted stock options; holding is important for compensatory stock option grants. On February 27, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims...more

More On Discounted Stock Options Under Section 409A

My colleague Jeff Cairns blogged about a recent court case confirming the IRS’s position that discounted stock options can be considered noncompliant nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements under Section 409A of the...more

California Doubling Of 20% Federal Tax Increase Under IRC Section 409A

Originally published in State Bar of California Taxation Section 2013 Sacramento Delegation in February 0f 2013. Executive Summary - Under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A (“Section 409A”), all amounts deferred...more

Perspectives - Fall 2012 | Volume 3, Edition 2: An Executive Compensation, Benefits & Human Resources Law Update

In This Edition: - Year-end Deadline for Correcting Section 409A Deferred Compensation Arrangements That Condition Payment on an Employee Release or Covenant: By December 31, 2012, all deferred compensation...more

409A Update: Employment Agreements Requiring Executed Releases May Need to Be Amended by December 31

It is standard practice that employment agreements condition payment of severance benefits or other separation compensation on the employee executing a general release of claims against the employer. However, unless...more

Employment Contracts and Severance Agreements Should be Reviewed and May Need to be Amended by December 31 to Comply with Section...

Severance agreements and employment contracts with release of claims provisions may violate 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. Bad release provisions may be fixed, penalty-free, before December 31, 2012. Most severance...more

Relief for Correcting Certain Internal Revenue Code Section 409A Failures Expires This Year

The Treasury Department and the IRS have provided favorable transition relief for correcting arrangements that impermissibly condition the payment of nonqualified deferred compensation on a service provider's completion of...more

Section 409A Transition Relief Deadline Quickly Approaching

As the end of the year approaches, important transition relief from penalties and excise taxes imposed by Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) is about to expire. If an employer has an employment agreement or...more

Benefits Update, No. 4, November 2012: Deadline to Correct 409A-Covered Documents Involving Employee Releases Is December 31, 2012

Internal Revenue Code Section 409A governs deferred compensation, which includes, with some exceptions, practically all agreements or plans in which an agreement is made in one year to pay an amount in a later year. Its most...more

Year-end Deadline for Correcting Section 409A Deferred Compensation Arrangements Conditioned on Employee Release or Covenant

By December 31, 2012, all deferred compensation arrangements in which payment is contingent on employee action, such as execution of a release of claims, must either include payment-timing restrictions that comport to IRS...more

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Employee Benefits Law Alert: Year-end IRS deadline looms for correcting release language in 409A...

Employers with employment agreements, severance policies, and other non-qualified deferred compensation agreements that contain language conditioning any payment on employee action, such as the execution of a release of...more

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